The department's research interests are extremely broad, with researchers working in nearly all major areas of philosophy.
We are particularly well-known for our strength in the philosophy of science, very broadly construed to include e.g. logic and formal epistemology, but also have leading researchers in applied ethics, phenomenology and the philosophy of medicine. We also host the Centre for Science and Philosophy, which promotes the interpretation of science through collaboration with other disciplines. We continually have major research projects running in the department, each hosting a number of workshops, conferences, reading groups and visiting scholars throughout the year. For more details about our research see our people profiles.
A selection of current and recent projects:
- Wellcome Trust Life of Breath: Breathing in Cultural, Clinical and Lived Experience
- Epistemic Utility Theory: Foundations and Applications
- Darwinism and the Theory of Rational Choice
- Applying Homotopy Type Theory in Logic, Metaphysics, and the Philosophy of Physics
- Analogue Simulation in Modern Physics
- Foundations of Structuralism (completed)
- Scientific Knowledge (completed)
- The Limits and Scope of Mathematical Knowledge (completed)
Centres and key groups
Centre for Science and Philosophy
The centre promotes the interpretation of science through collaboration with other disciplines.
Foundational Studies Bristol
An interdisciplinary research group dedicated to the study of logic and philosophy of mathematics. It comprises academics from the Department of Philosophy and School of Mathematics.
We have developed strong collaborative ties with researchers in a number of disciplines outside philosophy, such as physics, mathematics, climate science, political theory, complexity science, engineering mathematics, and social medicine.
Many of our academics collaborate in their research with academics from other institutions, such as University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Wisconsin at Madison, University of Oslo, University of Oxford, and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich.
The impact of our research
Communicating our research with the wider public is an important and regular activity for us. Here are just a few public events we've been involved in:
- James Ladyman: May 2015, HowTheLightGetsIn festival, Hay-on-Wye.
James discussed causality and what it means in a timeless 'block' universe with quantum physicist Lev Vaidman and cosmologist George Ellis, as part of a new addition to the festival: 'Secrets of the Universe'.
- Chris Bertram: November 2012, Festival of Ideas, Bristol.
Chris gave a lecture on 'Great Thinkers That Have Shaped the Modern World' with writer and film-maker Stephen Trombley.
- Havi Carel: February 2013, School of Life, London
Havi spoke to author, Jules Evans, about how philosophy can help us to face illness and death and how it can help health professionals to care for patients with greater dignity and humanity.
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Research in the faculty
Our research forms part of the overall research activities and strategies of the Faculty of Arts.
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